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My blog started in August 2005 to chronicle my progress in training "A First Romance" (a.k.a. Solo) into a world class eventing horse. Born in 2002, as a 10-year old, Solo is close to competing in the four-star division. He's fabulous XC, but does still tend to voice his opinion during dressage... never a dull moment.

Solo's ridden by my daughter, Selena, who competed at her first Olympics in 2008 and the WEG in 2010 with Colombo. Selena also rides several different horses including Pan Am Silver medals, “Foxwood High” out of our home base, Balsam Hall in Kingston, Ontario.

This blog chronicles both our adventures as we continue to train eventing horses. Occasionally, Selena will make an entry on her progress at competitions particularly on the lead up to major events. Please feel free to ask questions or send comments.

The days are flying by so fast

Everything seems to have gone into overdrive.  The activity level at the farm is in it’s usual runaway train mode.  People say to me, why don’t I take a few days off ….they have NO idea.  I am not complaining…

The Elephant in the Corner

So theoretically the Olympic Eventing team was meant to be announced yesterday…but it wasn’t.  It’s stressful.  You try not to think about it or let it make any difference to the day but it’s the elephant in the corner. Friday…

Selena’s Bromont Diary

Tuesday we arrived at Bromont and the weather was lovely. Tori, Anne Marie & I unloaded into the main barn and then took the horses for a quick walk and some grass before heading to the vets for “in barns”….

The day before we leave

And now it’s the day before everyone leaves for Bromont, and I do mean everyone.  There is a mass exodus this year and people are going to be fairly scarce at Balsam Hall this week.  As a result, it’s time…

Bromont is sneaking up on us

Bromont is sneaking up on us and we only have one gallop left before shipping, we are going to do it Saturday. Normally we would be galloping Friday and Tuesday but as we are shipping on the Tuesday, that is…

Our lives are a runaway train

So here we are, going flat out for the summer and loving every minute of it.  This past week has been outrageous, with all the horses working 6-7 days a week.  Last Saturday Kate Sykes and Watson’s Whistler went to…

Bromont rocks!

Yesterday was yet another gallop day. The days go by relentlessly and Bromont draws every closer. Today is a ‘day 8’ which means they all get a day off. By the looks of Woody when we trotted him up this…

‘Galloping’ is a slow process

Selena is in Vermont giving a clinic this weekend. We have great group of friends there and Selena gives regular clinics throughout the year. It’s a lovely place to go and not too far from here. It’s difficult to find…

Free lessons

  Life goes on here at Balsam Hall, one thing when you work with horses, there are no days when you can slack. It doesn’t really matter if you are feeling great or not, the show must go on. Horses…

How do I even begin to write about this…

I tried to think what I was going to say but in the end I have sat down at my computer without a thought to work from and I am typing from the heart. I was all set Saturday with…

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